Black. Beautiful. Violinist. Kersten Stevens Release Album To Sold Out Crowd (Watch)
Dec 16, 13 by FahniaThomas
*She has performed for President Barack Obama.
Is hailed the “Queen of Sacred Violin.”
And a graduated from Yale University.
Kersten Stevens has released her fourth album “Inspire Me.”
The soul, jazz and gospel violinist performed the album to a sold out crowd at the world famous Apollo Theater.
“If gospel and jazz are first cousins, Stevens’ new album is a family reunion, says Harold Rayford, a gospel jazz musician and the pastor of Faith, Hope and Love Worship Center in Louisiana. As an uniquely dedicated artist, her fusion of jazz and gospel explores the powerful forces between art and anointing.
The album also features Kersten’s original music, showcasing her talents as an arranger, lyricist and producer.
Described as “gospel’s answer to Jean Luc Ponty…guaranteed to get arms outstretched and waving.”
“Right Where You Are” featuring Alicia Olatuja (Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir) is a gentle, acoustic worship ballad with injects of classical violin runs.
While “I Just Wanna,” is a charging R&P (rhythm and praise) song, and “Nobody But You,” featuring bassist Charles Mack, will get your shoulders moving, and “The Shout” is a praise track, with signature violin riffs prodding the saints along.
Kersten used Kickstarter to help fund the project. A strategy many new musicians are using to retain artistic control of their product.
The musical-phenom is a three-time Amateur Night at the Apollo winner and a three-time “Showtime at the Apollo” champion.
Produced by Eric Johnson (Deborah Cox), “Inspire Me,” also features production by Onree Gill (Alicia Keys), arrangement by violinist Regina Carter, pianist Damien Sneed (BET’s Sunday Best), pianist Miki Hayama (Nnenna Freelon), bassist Michael Olatuja (Stevie Wonder), guitarist David Rosenthal (Chaka Khan), percussionist Steve Kroon (Luther Vandross), pianist Jere Compere, vocalists Rasul A-Salaam (Fantasia), Deah Harriott (Karen Clark-Sheard), Melissa Bethea (JJ Hairston & Youthful Praise), and Oscar Nominee Charles Mack (August Rush).
To listen to Kersten Stevens’ full album go to Sound Cloud.
To watch the official “Inspire Me” music video click below.